Washington, D.C. Journals

Capitol Hill is not just for Bills

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A June 2008 trip to Washington, D.C. by notso62

JW Marriott Hotel Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: I've taken many business trips to the DC area; some places visited I wouldn't mind revisiting for pleasure again.

JW Marriott Hotel

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Hotel | "JW Marriot"

JW Marriott Hotel Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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"Where on earth is my hotel?" Is all I could think as I walked up Pennsylvania Avenue towards the White House. I double-check the print-out I had made myself with pertinent travel information the night before; sure enough, it indicates the address of the building that I am standing in front of. But this does not appear to be a hotel at all, but rather a large office building. I keep walking up Pennsylvania Avenue toward 14th street when I notice an entrance on the cross street saying that this building was indeed the Marriot that I was looking for.Besides being a bit tricky to find, the JW Marriot is a very nice hotel and is perfect for business travelers and tourists of the nation's capit...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 25, 2008

JW Marriott Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, United States 20004
202-393-2000

Topaz Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel

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Hotel | "Strange Trip: The Topaz Hotel"

Topaz Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Using Priceline to find cheap DC hotels has definitely yielded some mixed results this past summer. Perhaps the quirkiest hotel that I stayed in though must be the Kimpton’s Topaz Hotel. The oddities started from the time I spotted the hotel (it looks like a cozy apartment building nestled in Dupont Circle instead of the chain hotel I was expecting), but did not stop there. Upon my arrival, the over-friendly concierge inquired about everything about my trip. "You’re staying for 4 days? Have you been to DC before? Business or pleasure? What area attractions are you interested in? Where do you like to eat? Do you like to go out in the evenings" Et cetera. I found it a little odd; I’m not one...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 28, 2008

Topaz Hotel - A Kimpton Hotel
1733 N STREET NW
Washington, United States 20036
202-393-3000

Hyatt Regency Washington

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Hotel | "Under Construction!"

Hyatt Regency Washington Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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‘Roughing it’ at the Hyatt Regency? It doesn’t sound like an experience one would expect to have at the high end hotel chain’s establishment on Capitol Hill, but it was the feeling that multiple construction projects conveyed to me as a guest. Walking in the front entrance, I was immediately diverted down a make-shift staircase to the hotel registration desk. Unfortunately there was no apparent elevator access to this area and I was forced to clumsily handle my baggage and navigate the incline at the same time. Once to the desk (which was more of a temporary kiosk as opposed to a bona fide registration desk), I was curtly greeted by employees that had to yell over the construction noise to...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 7, 2008

Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Ave., NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 737-1234

Rayburn Cafe at Rayburn House Office Building

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Restaurant | "The Cafeterias at Rayburn & Longworth: Government Grub"

Rayburn Cafe at Rayburn House Office Building Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Unknown to many tourists; there are two fantastic places to grab a casual lunch inside our Nation’s Capitol buildings. The cafeterias in the Longworth and Rayburn House Office Buildings offer a variety of meals and snacks at affordable prices. Mostly Government employees utilize these facilities, but they are also open to the public. Both buildings cafeterias are accessible once you’ve entered the respective building through the security entrance. No admission charges apply to gain general entry to the buildings and the cafeterias are typically easy to locate on the building maps.Both cafeterias are open most of the day (7AM-5PM) to provide snacks. From approximately 11:30 AM-1:00 PM they ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 9, 2008

Rayburn Cafe at Rayburn House Office Building
Southwest of the Capitol
Washington, D.C.

Public Transportation in DC

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Capitol Hill Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Being one of those people that is fortunate enough to be able to walk to work everyday, I cringe at the thought of driving around a city that seems difficult to navigate. DC is one of those cities that I feel is better suited for public transportation and walking rather than rental cars. I made the mistake of renting a car during my first visit and had difficulty finding parking for it during the days when I was exploring sites and during the nights. The hotel valet was very expensive, but this seems to be the going-rate for night parking in the downtown area.Alas my last few trips I have foregone the rental car route and have found it very easy to get around DC without a vehicle. All thre...Read More